Thu February 5, 2015

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is conducting a mandatory survey for consumer and commercial products. In this survey, CARB staff is gathering data about consumer and commercial products that were sold or supplied for use in California during calendar years 2013-2015.

"Consumer product" means a chemically formulated product used by household and institutional consumers, including, but not limited to, detergents; cleaning compounds; polishes; floor finishes; cosmetics; personal care products; home, lawn, and garden products; disinfectants; sanitizers; aerosol paints; and automotive specialty products; but does not include other paint products, furniture coatings, or  architectural coatings.

This survey is part of CARB’s effort to control ozone pollution by limiting emissions of volatile organic compounds which promote ozone formation. By 2016, new State Implementation Plans (SIPs) must be developed for federal air quality standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for ozone and particulate matter.

Slides from CARB’s recent webinar that reviewed the requirements of this survey can be found here. More information about the survey can be found on the CARB website.


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